Marcos Jr. alleges Philippine presidential polls were rigged

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Ferdinand Bongbong MarcosFerdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos who ran for vice president in the May 9 Philippine presidential elections, will file an election protest over what he calls “massive rigging and manipulation of votes” in the polls, local media report.

Marcos lost out by just around 260,000 votes to Leni Robredo in the final results.

His camp claims that an additional server of the Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) was used to manipulate the elections. According to them, election results were transmitted to this fourth or “queue server” instead of being transmitted directly to the Municipal Board of Canvassers, the Comelec and the transparency server. This additional server was “not divulged to the public” and was “never subjected to a source code review” as what was done with the other servers, they said.

Therefore, an “illegal change” in the code script went allegedly unnoticed. and could have influenced the election results in the vice presidential race.

“If cheating was deliberate, we don’t know. That’s why we need to find out what the function of the queue server was,” they added.

Marcos intends to make the filing on June 28, one day before the deadline for poll complaints. He would seek a recount of the votes in some areas — including the setting aside of the election results in areas where he feels to have noticed “clear indications of fraud.”

Comelec previously acknowledged that there was a script change, but it had just been “cosmetic” and had “not affected” the election results. The commission asked for ten more days to file their answer to the complaint.

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Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos who ran for vice president in the May 9 Philippine presidential elections, will file an election protest over what he calls “massive rigging and manipulation of votes” in the polls, local media report.

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Ferdinand Bongbong MarcosFerdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos who ran for vice president in the May 9 Philippine presidential elections, will file an election protest over what he calls “massive rigging and manipulation of votes” in the polls, local media report.

Marcos lost out by just around 260,000 votes to Leni Robredo in the final results.

His camp claims that an additional server of the Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) was used to manipulate the elections. According to them, election results were transmitted to this fourth or “queue server” instead of being transmitted directly to the Municipal Board of Canvassers, the Comelec and the transparency server. This additional server was “not divulged to the public” and was “never subjected to a source code review” as what was done with the other servers, they said.

Therefore, an “illegal change” in the code script went allegedly unnoticed. and could have influenced the election results in the vice presidential race.

“If cheating was deliberate, we don’t know. That’s why we need to find out what the function of the queue server was,” they added.

Marcos intends to make the filing on June 28, one day before the deadline for poll complaints. He would seek a recount of the votes in some areas — including the setting aside of the election results in areas where he feels to have noticed “clear indications of fraud.”

Comelec previously acknowledged that there was a script change, but it had just been “cosmetic” and had “not affected” the election results. The commission asked for ten more days to file their answer to the complaint.

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